View Full Version : 'Undressing Emmanuelle' by Sylvia Kristel

James Erickke
11-02-2008, 05:56 PM
Pensive, sad, and elegiac are words that I didn't think would apply to the autobiography of one the 70's biggest international sex symbols, yet that's how Kristel's unflinching look into the mirror comes off. She tells her story in more of a pastiche style than a day by day account. Her family, her fleeting fame, the drug and alcohol addictions, and the few loves she had are all accounted for. She covers a lot of ground in a pretty short book. Don't look for a lot of dirt or juicy details, she takes the high road as she tried to in life. Some interesting details:

-Emmanuelle Arsan hated her as the choice for Emmanuelle, she thought it should go to an Asian actress.

- she hates that almost all of her roles were dubbed.

-her one and only child is with French poet Hugo Claus

-her years long relationship with Ian McShane gets the most dirt, he introduced her to coke, they fought all the time, she miscarried his child and he didn't go to the hospital with her, instead attended a wrap party. Pretty much all of the dirt in the book is on him.

-like all actresses of the 70's, she slept with Warren Beatty

- Private Teacher was her biggest hit in the States.

The best parts of the book are when she discusses her love for her family, her mother especially. Her feelings really come through in these sections, and lends a sense of melancholia to the whole book. All in all a good read. Look for the English hardback version, it has the great French movie poster for the cover, the one shot by Francois Giacobetti, the classic shot of Emmanuelle in the rattan chair.

Mark C.
11-10-2008, 03:09 PM
there are tons of these up for sale on the "big auction" site for only 5 dollars.

11-11-2008, 07:11 AM
James Erickke wrote:

"-her one and only child is with French poet Hugo Claus"

Hugo Claus is Belgian, not French. And he is hardly just a poet...

Steven Millan
01-03-2009, 05:34 AM
Sounds like a cool read,although it would have been interesting to hear her views about behind-the-scenes on the likes of DRACULA'S WIDOW,RED HEAT,AIRPORT '79:THE CONCORDE,and the unreleased EMMANUELLE 7(has this film ever seen a foreign video or DVD release?).

Otherwise,I'll always look at Ian McShane as the former Mr. Emmanuelle(since he was a part of her life).

James Erickke
01-03-2009, 10:09 AM
She talks about Airport '79, she was enamored of Delon and tried to seduce him and was rebuffed, she undressed in front of him and he told her to leave. She says he was difficult on the set and argued with the director all the time and complained about the trailers they gave them during the shooting.

Randy Thomas G
01-03-2009, 10:11 PM
Anything about working on La Marge with Dallesandro and Borowczyk?

James Erickke
01-04-2009, 08:28 AM
There's three short paragraphs on it, she writes:

It is a strong role, perhaps my favorite. Walerian seems haunted by his erotic fantasies, by his taste for fetishism.

The film is not a success, and distribution is limited to the prettily named 'experimental, art-house circuit'. Few people saw me in it, which is a shame.

She banged Depardieu during the filming of Rene' la Canne and she got on well with Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, saying:

They will support me well over the years, staying around even after my star declines. They will offer me a rare and loyal affection and gratitude over a long period of time.